Inno­va­tion in Tea­ching: Tea­ching and Lear­ning as a Coun­­­ter-Cur­­rent Pro­cess. Tes­ting new methods in urban design and com­mu­ni­ca­tion of plan­ning.

2012 – 2014

fun­ding: Stif­ter­ver­band “Fel­low­ship for Inno­va­tion in Uni­ver­sity Tea­ching” (link set­zen auf: http://​www​.stif​ter​ver​band​.org/​e​n​glish)
rese­ar­chers: Prof. Dr. Angela Mil­lion (geb. Uttke), Andreas Brück & Manuela Kölke
At the centre of rese­arch of scho­l­ar­s­hip lied the tes­ting of mul­ti­ple ideas for (timely-com­pa­ti­ble) tea­ching of methods, tools, skills and tech­ni­ques for repre­sen­ta­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion of plan­ning-infor­ma­tion and urban design.
City plan­ners are incre­a­singly expec­ted to be able to com­pre­hen­si­vely com­mu­ni­cate their ideas both ver­bally
und visually. The gro­wing demand on com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills on various levels stems from the need to reduce obsta­cles facing the design and imple­men­ta­tion pro­ces­ses through inclu­sion of the dif­fe­rent actors. Due to the advan­cing digi­ta­li­sa­tion there is also an incre­ase in the num­ber of tech­no­lo­gies and app­li­ca­ti­ons, as well as in the speed at which they are being re-deve­lo­ped/-inven­ted. This is true
of the area of ana­ly­sis (GIS, map­ping, crowd-sourcing, real-time-data ana­ly­sis etc.), repre­sen­ta­tion (hand-drawing, CAD, 3D, gra­phic design, model-making, inter­ac­tive model- ling etc.), as well as pre­pa­ra­tion of con­tent (prin­ted media, web 2.0, social net­works, mobile inter­net, etc.). Howe­ver, con­cepts about how aca­de­mia will/​should/​could evolve along these pro­ces­ses remain rela­tively under-inves­ti­ga­ted. The “Against-the-cur­rent Pro­cess” (peer-to-peer) con­tri­bu­tes to shaping stu­dents’ under­stan­ding of tea­ching as a pro­g­res- sive, inter­ac­tive and recur­ring pro­cess, where one learns “from each other” i.e. “stu­dent-to-stu­dent”. During the pre­pa­ra­tion of their semi­nars stu­dents are sup­por­ted by our tea­ching staff. In the fore­ground is the encou­ra­ge­ment and dis­se­mi­na­tion of auto­no­mous, life-long lear­ning; an “orien- tatio­nal” know­ledge that enab­les navi­ga­tion through the many pos­si­bi­li­ties to ana­lyse, repre­sent and con­vey con­tent. The chal­lenge is not only to teach and pass on (fun­da­men­tal) theo­re­ti­cal and prac­ti­cal know­ledge, but equally to en- cou­rage stu­dents to study (explore) auto­no­mously through crea­tive use of avail­able resour­ces.
The out­come of the pro­ject is the tea­ching for­mat of MIKRO­AKA­DE­MIE. The MIKRO­AKA­DE­MIE is a peer-lear­ning for­mat focu­sing on stu­dents’ media liter­acy. It was deve­lo­ped to test new tea­ching methods in urban design, car­to­gra­phy and pre­sen­ta­tion tech­ni­ques. It con­sists of appro­xi­mately 3–4 work­shops or semi­nars each semes­ter, where stu- dents offer and visit dif­fe­rent clas­ses that reach bey­ond scopes of stan­dard tea­ching dis­cour­ses. They pass on and co-deve­lop their know­ledge of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and repre­sen­ta­tion tech­ni­ques during the various sta­ges of plan­ning such as: pho­to­gra­phy, water­co­lour, video, remote sen­sing, spe­cial use of cartography/​GIS etc
The MIKRO­AKA­DE­MIE has become an estab­lis­hed con­cept and accredi­ted tea­ching form at TU Ber­lin. Hund­reds of stu­dents have the oppor­tu­nity to par­ti­ci­pate in elec­tive
or core semi­nars as “lear­ners” and/​or “tea­chers”, thanks to chan­ged exami­na­tion regu­la­ti­ons at the BA and MA Urban and Regio­nal Plan­ning at ISR, as well as in the inter­di­sci­pli­nary MA Urban Design (IfA, ISR, ILAUP, IfS). The cour­ses are con­stantly moni­to­red and eva­lua­ted by means of ques­ti­onn­aires, and results docu­men­ted and refe­ren­ced for the on-going deve­lo­p­ment of the for­mat. In the future, the space for MIKRO-Cour­ses will be broa­dened and the transferability/​customization of the idea to other areas of stu­dies and their spe­ci­fic requi­re­ments ought to be tes­ted.
Mikro­aka­de­mie Clas­ses
Stif­ter­ver­band Fel­low­ships 2011: http://​www​.stif​ter​ver​band​.org/​f​e​l​l​o​w​s​h​i​p​s​-​h​o​c​h​s​c​h​u​l​l​e​h​r​e​-​f​e​l​l​o​w​s​-2011
Web­seite urban design com­mu­ni­ca­tion platt­form
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